The website reported via Twitter that three teams – the Vikings, Falcons and Lions – have already made inquiries about the former Pro Bowl cornerback.
Flowers didn't attend the three weeks of voluntary workouts, one of the few Chiefs players who weren't present during the workouts. There had been speculation that Flowers might be a salary cap casualty because Kansas City doesn't have much room under the cap and Flowers was a logical choice – his base salary was $5.25 million and his salary cap number was going to be $10.5 million. The Chiefs will save $7.25 against the salary cap this year and $7.5 million next year by releasing him.
With Kansas City looking to sign contract extensions for quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston, the team needed more available cap space to include a pro-rated portion of a signing bonus that could be attached to this year's salary cap. However, there may have been more to the release than simply freeing up millions of dollars to spend on others.
Flowers was a Pro Bowl player last year, but some believe he wasn't as good a fit in Andy Reid's defense, which generally promotes the use of big, physical corners. At 5-9, Flowers didn't fit that description and, during the 2013 season saw his playing time cut into by rookie Marcus Cooper, a seventh-round draft pick of the 49ers who was claimed by Kansas City after he was released in the final round of cuts by the 49ers.
A second-round pick in 2006, Flowers started 87 of the 88 games he played, recording 421 tackles and 17 interceptions – two of which he returned for touchdowns. In 2011, he signed a six-year, $50 million contract extension that was going to have the heavy lifting portion of the deal kicking in during the 2014 season.
Whether the Vikings will have a legitimate interest or will be willing to potentially out-bid Atlanta, Detroit or another yet-to-be identified team is speculation at this point. However, the Vikings have a history of making aggressive moves when veteran players become available – Jared Allen, Brett Favre and Josh Freeman to name three via trade or free agency. But, if the Vikings are convinced they have their starters, they likely won't get into a full-on bidding war for Flowers.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.